Bods Host Hornets In Turnpike Tussle Saturday

By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Washburn Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

The Washburn Ichabods will wrap up the 2012 regular season when they play host to Emporia State in the 109th meeting of the Turnpike Tussle. Both teams come in looking to snap a two-game losing streak with losses to Northwest Missouri and Missouri Western in their last two outings. It will also be the final game in Yager Stadium for 12 Ichabod seniors.

First Look
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m.
Location: Topeka, Kan. (Yager Stadium)
Internet: through America One Network online
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Series: Tied 51-51-6
Series Notes: Washburn has won the last nine meetings in the series

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(7-3, 7-3 MIAA)
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Game story lines
• Both teams need a win to guarantee any type of postseason appearance.
• The Ichabods have won the last eight games in the series and the last five games played in Topeka.
• Washburn is 22-18 following a loss under head coach Craig Schurig and 1-1 following a loss this season.
• Saturday's meeting is the 108th in the series between the Ichabods and the Hornets. • Emporia State and Washburn have met every year since 1899 with the exception of 1943 through 1945 because of World War II and 1989 and 1990 after Washburn moved to NCAA Division II and the Hornets remained in NAIA until 1991.
• The teams also played twice during the 1966 season. Emporia State leads the all-time series 51-51-6.
• The Ichabods have won nine of the last 10 meetings and the last eight overall.
• The Ichabods have won the last five games played in Topeka and the last three in Emporia.
• The Ichabods are looking for their ninth-straight win in the series.

Washburn head football coach Craig Schurig . . .
• Named head coach of the Ichabod football program Dec. 28, 2001.
• Is 79-47 (.602) in his 11th season as the Ichabod head coach.
• Is 61-37 (.600) against the MIAA.
• Has led the Ichabods to three NCAA Playoff appearances and two bowl appearance championships.
• Led the Ichabods to the 2005 MIAA regular season outright championship.
• Has recorded seven straight winning seasons for the first time in the program's history.
• Led the Ichabods to the program's first 10-win season and their first NCAA or NAIA playoff game victory in school history with a win over Abilene Christian on Nov. 19.
• Is Washburn's all-time winningest coach with 79 wins.
• Is 9-1 against the Hornets.

Emporia State head coach Garin Higgins...
• is 78-47 in his career in 11th season as a head coach.
• is 27-37 in his sixth season at his alma mater • recorded a 51-9 career record as the head coach at Northwestern Oklahoma, including two trips to the national championship game.
• was a quarterback for Emporia State from 1987-90 and was on the 1989 national runners-up team.
• Is 0-5 against Washburn

Ichabod Notebook
• Under head coach Craig Schurig, the Ichabods are 56-11 when leading at the end of the first quarter.
• Washburn is 55-12 when they score the first points of the ball game.
• The Ichabods are 13-11 in November action under head coach Craig Schurig.
• The Ichabods are 32 of 37 in the redzone this season scoring 26 touchdowns while kicking six field goals.
• Defensively the Ichabods are allowing opponents to score on 33 of 39 trips into the redzone allowing 26 touchdowns.
• Washburn had been above a 50 percent third down conversion rate in the first two games, but during the last five, the Ichabods have gone 7 of 19 against Northeastern, 7 of 18 against Central Oklahoma, 4 of 15 against Southwest Baptist, a season-low 1 of 9 on third downs against Lincoln and they were 7 of 19 against Truman. Against Lindenwood the Ichabods were 7 of 18 on third down and against NWMSU, Washburn was 6 of 16 and against Missouri Western the Ichabods were 5 of 15. Overall, Washburn has not been above 50 percent on third down conversions since the second game of the year against Fort Hays State.
• Washburn is 32-2 when they have over 200 yards rushing.
• Washburn is ranked No. 11 in the nation in pass efficiency defense.
• Washburn is 14th in the nation in net punting at 37.2 yards per attempt.
• The Ichabods are the No. 19-ranked team in the nation and first in the MIAA in pass defense allowing 176.6 yards a game.
• Sophomore punter Aaron Hummert is 12th in the nation in punting averaging 42.3 yards per punt.
• The last time an Ichabod team has given up back-to-back 50-point games was during the 1994 season when Truman beat the Ichabods 50-31 on Oct. 15 and Missouri Western won in Topeka 60-28 on Oct. 22.

Individual Notebook
Taylor Made
• Senior linebacker Jahmil Taylor is the most-experienced Ichabod returning.
• His streak of games started ended at Central Oklahoma with an ankle injury at 26 straight appearances. He has started 39 games while appearing in 47 overall.
• He has 308 career tackles which is seventh all-time at Washburn.
• Was a second team all-MIAA pick in 2011.
• He is the fourth-highest active player in NCAA Division II with the 308 career total tackles.
• He is also sixth in solo tackles (162) and sixth in assisted tackles (146).

• Junior inside linebacker Bryce Atagi finished third last season with 101 tackles.
• He has started the last 25 consecutive games.
• A second team all-MIAA pick and third team all-region selection in 2011.
• He tied a career-high 14 tackles against Northwest Missouri (Southwest Baptist earlier this season).
• He leads the team with 101 tackles with 40 solo stops and also tied for the team lead with 9.0 tackles for loss.

Hey Steve
• Senior offensive tackle Steve Dieckhaus has started the last 38 games at Washburn - currently the longest streak on the team.
• Has started two games at right guard, 13 at right tackle and 13 at left guard and 10 starts this season at left tackle.
• An honorable mention all-MIAA pick in 2011.

Willie Will or Willie Won't
• Junior linebacker Willie Williams is third-leading returning tackler with 83 in 2011.
• He led the team with six tackles against Fort Hays State putting him over the 100-mark in his career at Washburn.
• This season he is second on the team with 70 tackles with 38 solo stops, which is second on the team.
• He recorded his first career interception against Lincoln and returned one for a touchdown against Truman on Oct. 13.
• His 14 tackles against Missouri Western last time out was a career-high.

Buhler . . . Buhler
• Sophomore quarterback Mitch Buhler is the only signal caller returning from the 2011 season.
• He appeared in five games passing for 167 yards and one touchdown as a redshirt freshman.
• He passed for a career-high 368 yards in the loss at Central Oklahoma attempting a season-high 48 passing attempts completing a season-high 23.

It Hurst So Good
• Junior tight end Tore' Hurst has started the last 23 games.
• Last season he had 38 catches or 591 yards.
• He tied for second on the team with eight touchdown receptions in 2011.
• He is second on the team in 2012 with 36 receptions and recorded his first touchdown reception of the season against Northeastern State and caught two more against Southwest Baptist.
• He has 1,257 career receiving yards with 17 touchdowns and 89 career catches.
• His 17 receiving touchdowns is tied for sixth on the all-time Washburn chart.
• His receiving yards total is 14th all-time at Washburn and his 89 career catches is 13th on the Washburn career chart.
• His six catches for 106 yards against Missouri Western were both career highs.

Washburn Walker
• Senior defensive end Corey Walker has played in 36 games starting the last 22 games.
• He has played on both offensive and defensive lines.
• Had had eight tackles for loss last season.
• He is third on the team with 8.0 tackles for loss and his 4.5 sacks leads the team.

Something for a Fan to cheer about
• Junior wide receiver Mark Fancher leads the team with 927 all-purpose yards averaging 92.7 yards a game.
• He is tied for second on the team with four touchdown receptions.
• His 69-yard reception against Truman was a career-long.
• He leads the Ichabods in 2012 with a 20.6 yards per catch average.
• His 126 all-purpose yards tied a career-high as did his six kickoff returns.

The Hay Song
• Junior running back Hayden Groves leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns while averaging 12.9 yards per catch out of the backfield.
• He had a career-high 162 against Truman and he went over 100 yards for the second straight game against Lindenwood with 109 yards.
• His 71 yard touchdown run against Missouri Western was a career-long.

Mac Daddy
• Junior Ryan Macken has started three of the last seven games at linebacker and is third on the team with 59 tackles including 34 solo tackles.

Obi-wan Kobbeman
• Junior wide receiver Matt Kobbeman leads the team with 37 catches for a team-high 495 receiving yards leading the squad with a 49.5 yards per game average.
• His five receiving TD's leads the team.
• His seven catches against the Griffons was a career-high.

• Senior placekicker Jeremy Linn leads the team with 54 points scored this season hitting 36 of 40 extra point attempts and six of eight field goals.
• He has scored 147 points in his career at Washburn and connected on 18 of 24 field goals and 93 of 102 extra point attempts.
• His 75 percent accuracy rate on field goals is second all-time at Washburn and he is seventh in all-time field goals made for the Ichabods.

About Emporia State
• The Hornets are ranked No. 25 in the latest AFCA Coaches Poll.
• The Hornets are 8-2 overall and in MIAA play and have lost their last two games to No. 12 Missouri Western and No. 4 Northwest Missouri.
• Emporia State leads the MIAA and is ranked 13th in the nation in passing offense at 314.3 yards per game.
• The Hornets are second in the MIAA and seventh in the nation in pass defense efficiency.
• Tyler Eckenrode leads the MIAA and is 11th in the nation in total offense at 323.7 yards per game with 307.5 of that total coming through the air.
• Shjuan Richardson leads the MIAA in receiving yards (1,134) and receptions (74).
• Ben Carlson leads the team with 91 tackles with 51 solo stops along with five tackles for loss. His three interceptions is tied for the team lead.
Series history with Emporia State
Series Record: Series tied 51-51-6
Streak: WU has won the last eight
First Meeting: ESU 11-0 (11/4/1899) in Topeka
Last Meeting: WU 31-17 (10/1/2011) in Emporia
Last WU win: 31-17 (10/1/2011) in Emporia
Last ESU win: 35-28 ot (9/20/2003) in Emporia
Largest WU win: 42-0 (11/6/2010) in Topeka
Largest ESU win: 45-6 (11/2/1928) in Emporia

Series Notes with Emporia State
• Saturday's meeting is the 108th in the series between the Ichabods and the Hornets. • Emporia State and Washburn have met every year since 1899 with the exception of 1943 through 1945 because of World War II and 1989 and 1990 after Washburn moved to NCAA Division II and the Hornets remained in NAIA until 1991.
• The teams also played twice during the 1966 season. Emporia State leads the all-time series 51-51-6.
• The Ichabods have won nine of the last 10 meetings and the last eight overall.
• The Ichabods have won the last five games played in Topeka and the last three in Emporia.
• The Ichabods are looking for their ninth-straight win in the series.
• The longest winning streak by either team in the series since ESU won 11 straight from 1991 to 2001.

NCAA Division II Most-Played rivalries
Games Teams Series First played
108 Emporia St.-Washburn 51-51-6 1899
102 Virginia St.-Virginia Union 52-42-9 1900
100 Tuskegee-Morehouse 64-28-8 1902
95 Presbyterian-Newberry^ 58-32-5 1913
95 Truman-Central Mo. 53-38-5 1905
92 Pittsburg St.-Emporia St. 58-32-2 1915
91 Catawba–Lenoir-Rhyne 46-41-4 1907
91 Truman-Northwest Mo. St. 54-34-4 1908
88 Colorado Mines-Colorado Col.# 46-37-5 1889
84 Central Ark.-Arkansas Tech@ 41-40-3 1911
83 Virginia Union-Hampton# 41-39-3 1906
#Have not met since 2000. @ Have not met since 2005.
^Have not met since 2006.

Last meeting between Washburn and Emporia State (10/01/11)
EMPORIA, Kan. -- The Washburn Ichabods defense held Emporia State to three points in the second half as Washburn improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1976 season its eighth-straight win over the Hornets in a 31-17 win in Welch Stadium.
Washburn opened the scoring in game with a 41-yard field goal by Jeremy Linn putting the Ichabods up 3-0 with 7:34 to play in the first quarter. Washburn has now outscored its opponents 83-0 in the first quarter of games this season.
Emporia State scored quickly on its next drive taking advantage of a Washburn turnover as Tyler Eckenrode hit Ray Ray Davis on a 3-yard pass wrapping up a 15-yard drive giving the Hornets a 7-3 lead. Emporia State stretched the lead to 14-3 when the Hornets marched 85 yards in eight plays when Eckenrode scored on a two-yard run with 2:50 to play in the first half.
The Ichabods then ripped off a seven-play, 66-yard drive taking 1:39 off the clock to score before the halftime break pulling Washburn within five at 14-9 entering the halftime locker rooms.
In the second half, the Ichabods scored on their first possession when Dane Simoneau hit DeJuan Beard on a 13-yard pass putting the Ichabods back in front 15-14 with 10:34 to play in the third quarter. ESU responded with a 26-yard field goal by Zak King on its next drive, but it would be the last points the Hornets would score in the game.
Washburn stretched the lead to 24-17 on a 46-yard strike from Simoneau to Tore Hurst with 3:21 to play in the third quarter and then Washburn scored with 1:20 left in the game on a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Cooper putting the Ichabods up 31-17.
Cooper led the Ichabods with 29 carries for 85 yards and the two touchdown runs. Simoneau was 25 of 47 from the field for 358 yards and the two touchdown scores. He also ran for 15 more yards giving him 8,618 yards moving him into first place on the Washburn all-time offensive yards chart passing Tyler Schuerman who recorded 8,315 yards from 2000-04.
Matt Kobbeman had a career-high seven receptions for a new high of 120 yards to lead the Ichabod receivers.
Willie Williams and Bryce Atagi each had 10 tackles to lead the Ichabods.
Washburn had 497 yards of total offense while the Hornets were limited to 292 yards including only eight first downs and 140 total yards in the second half.

Last time out for Emporia State (11/03/12)
MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Tyler Eckenrode broke the Hornets single season passing record, but it was not enough as No. 4 Northwest Missouri defeated No. 20 Emporia State 55-10 on Saturday in Maryville, Mo. The senior from Houston now has 3,075 yards on the season.
The Hornet defense held the Bearcats on downs on the opening possession of the game and then took a 3-0 lead on Eli Kuhns 42 yard field goal with 6:49 left in the first quarter. Jordan Simmons then returned the ensuing kick-off 85 yards to put Northwest Missouri up 7-3 with 6:34 left. They would go up 14-3 on a one yard touchdown run by Simmons with 2:06 left in the quarter.
Todd Adolf hit the first of two field goals with 12:07 left in the second quarter to give NWMSU a 17-3 lead. James Franklin then scored a pair of touchdowns within 2:28 of each other to put the Bearcats ahead 31-3. Simmons scored on another one yard run with 36.6 seconds left in the half to send the teams to the locker rooms with NWMSU leading 38-3.
Northwest got the second Adolf field goal, this one from 45 yards out, to go up 41-3 with 10:25 left in the third quarter. Emporia State drove to the NWMSU four yard line on the ensuing drive before Eckenrode was intercepted in the endzone to end the scoring threat. The Bearcats then went 80 yards in eight plays to take a 48-3 lead on Simmons third touchdown run of the day.
Ray Ray Davis scored on a direct snap from center with 1:04 left in the third quarter that capped a five play, 75 yard drive. Eckenrode was three for three for 70 yards on the drive. Northwest would add a final score on a one yard run by Denver Lohnes with 1:26 left in the game.
Eckenrode ended the day 21 of 34 for 267 yards. He connected with eight different receivers led by Ray Ray Davis with nine catches for 138 yards. Josh Taylor led the Emporia State defense with 15 tackles while Chris Poston added five solo stops and his third interception of the season.

Last time out for Washburn (11/03/12)
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- The Washburn Ichabods lost their second straight game to a top 15 team dropping a 56-28 decision at No. 11-ranked Missouri Western.
Missouri Western scored the first 28 of the game before the Ichabods got on the board with a 71-yard touchdown run by Hayden Groves with 6:28 left in the first half. Washburn added another touchdown going into the break when Kameron Stewart scored on a 3-yard run cutting the Griffon lead to 28-14.
However coming out the break the Griffons scored the first 28 points of the second half starting with a score on their opening drive pushing their lead back to 56-14 with 9:43 left in the game.
Washburn added two more scores with 4:18 remaining when Joel Piper hit Ryan Mertz scored on a 2-yard touchdown pass and Matt Kobbeman pulled down an 8-yard touchdown pass with under a minute left to wrap up the scoring with the Griffons taking the 56-28 win.
Groves finished with 123 yards on 18 carries and Stewart had 57 on 15 carries. Piper finished 13 of 24 passing for 153 yards and two scores and Kobbeman finished with seven catches for 60 yards and Tore' Hurst had six catches for 106 yards.
Willie Williams had 14 tackles with four solo stops and Bryce Atagi had 11 tackles. Jaime Myers had one interception for Washburn.
The Griffons finished with 418 yards rushing averaging 7.9 yards per carry with Washburn recording 177. Overall the Griffons had 569 yards compared to the Ichabods' 375.

Washburn football history
Washburn is 517-553-44 (.482) in the 122nd year of Ichabod football.

A win for Washburn over Emporia State would . . .
• lift the Ichabods to 518-553-44 in its football history.
• be the Ichabods' ninth-straight win over the Hornets.
• be the Ichabods' sixth-straight win over the Hornets in Topeka
• improve the Ichabods to 8-3 on the season.
• lift the Ichabods to 52-51-6 all-time against the Hornets.

A loss for Washburn to Emporia State would . . .
• drop the Ichabods to 517-554-44 in its football history.
• drop the Ichabods to 51-52-6 all-time against the Hornets.
• be the Hornets first win over the Ichabods since a 35-28 overtime win in Emporia on Sept 20, 2003.
• be the Hornets first win in Topeka since a 35-21 win on Nov. 11, 2000.

Missouri Western leftovers . . . the loss . . .
• made the Ichabods to 517-553-44 in its football history.
• made the Ichabods to 17-22-2 all-time against the Griffons.
• was Washburn's second straight loss in St. Joseph to the Griffons.
• made the Ichabods to 7-3 on the season.

Senior sendoff
• Saturday's game with Emporia State will be the final regular season game for 12 Ichabod seniors. Patrick Jean, Justin Salum, Payton Iverson, Jahmil Taylor, T.J. Shine, Jon Clark, Steven Dudley, Jeremy Linn, Steve Dieckhaus, Ryan Mertz, Corey Walker and Jayveri Kelly.
• Head coach Craig Schurig is 8-2 on Washburn senior days in Yager Stadium.
• The Ichabods are 2-0 on senior day against Emporia State under Schurig.
• Washburn won 34-21 over a No. 16-ranked ESU squad on Nov. 2, 2002 in Schurig's first season and 42-0 on Nov. 6, 2010.

Bod Bullets
• Overall the Ichabods are 7-4-3 on Nov. 10.
• The Ichabods and the Hornets have twice with the Ichabods up 1-0-1 on Nov. 10.
• Mitch Buhler's 16 touchdown passes is ninth on the single-season Washburn chart.
• Jeremy Linn's 36 extra points is seventh on the Washburn single-season chart.
• Aaron Hummert's 42.31 yard per punt average sits second on the Washburn single-season chart. The school record for single season average is 42.49 by Eric Roth set in 2002.
• Hummert's eight punt attempts against Missouri Western was a career-high as were his 350 punting yards.
• Calvin Kenney's eight tackles against Missouri Western tied a career-high.
• Jaime Myers' 26 punt returns is tied for ninth on the Washburn single-season chart.
• The 691 kickoff return yards by Mark Fancher (33 returns-691 yards) is a Washburn single-season record.
• The 33 kickoff returns by Fancher is also a school record breaking Joe Clark's 30 he had 1990.

Ichabods in the national polls
WACO, Texas -- The Washburn Ichabods fell out of the latest AFCA top 25 coaches poll which was released on Nov. 5. The Ichabods have been ranked in the top 25 in the last 22 of the last 23 polls and have received votes in 48 of the last 49 coaches polls.

Up next
The Ichabods will have to wait and see after the game with Emporia State. A win would continue the Ichabods' season in either the Kanza or Mineral Water Bowls and a loss to the Hornets would more than likely end the season at 7-4.

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